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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Police Officer on Drug Charges

FEB 07 (MIDLAND, TX) –In Midland today, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 38-year-old former Odessa Police officer Jackie Lynn Thompson and five other Odessa, Texas, residents in connection with a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy announced Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Mark Morgan, and Midland Police Chief Price Robinson.

The indictment charges Thompson, as well as 36–year-old Jesse Ubaldo Rodriguez, 24-year-old Isai Ramirez, 45-year-old Jaime Yrvegas Castillo, 26-year-old Douglas James Lewis and 48–year-old Ernest Lee McCarty, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Upon conviction, each defendant faces a mandatory ten years up to life in federal prison.

The indictment alleges that from January 2012 until January 2013, the six defendants conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. All of the defendants are in federal custody. This indictment resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Midland Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Texas Department of Public Safety in Midland. Assistant United States Attorney Brandi Young is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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